Category Archives: 2018 Gala Honorees

Gabrielle Lyse Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Gabrielle Lyse Brown
Gabrielle Lyse Brown is the Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the New York City Bar Association, where she leads the Association’s efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession across a broad range of internal and external constituents, including law firms, corporate legal departments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. In this capacity, Gabrielle spearheads the Association’s qualitative and quantitative research and develops individualized strategies to increase the retention and advancement of women and minority attorneys in the Office for Diversity’s signatory law firms. Previously, she founded the City Bar’s Pipeline Initiative, developing comprehensive programming for inner-city students to address academic support and enrichment, professional and substantive skill development, networking/mentoring opportunities and exposure to the legal profession.   

She is a frequent speaker and trains organizations on data-driven initiatives, implicit bias, professional readiness, mentoring, networking, and developing diversity and inclusion “better practices.” She has spoken at the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), Bloomberg Big Law Diversity Summit, and ALM Legal Week, and her work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, New York Law Journal, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and Thomson Reuters. She is a recipient of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association George B. Vashon Innovator Award.

Gabrielle is the co-chair of the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellows Board and was a 2014 Fellow. She is a member of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) Advisory Board, The Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Oberlin College Alumni Council, and serves on the Executive Board of Directors of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students, Inc. (PALS). Additionally, she serves as a special advisor to the Pipeline to Practice Foundation and as a consultant to the New York Financial Services Diversity Group.

Anne Robinson

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Anne Robinson

Anne E. Robinson, who joined Vanguard in 2016, serves as General Counsel and a Managing Director, leading the Office of the General Counsel, which includes Legal, Compliance, L&C Strategy & Operations, Government Relations, and Investment Stewardship. Prior to joining Vanguard, Ms. Robinson served as General Counsel for Global Cards at Citi. Ms. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Hampton University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Letitia James

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Letitia James
On January 1, 2014, Letitia James was sworn in as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in our city’s history. In her first months in office, she successfully pushed forth proposals to bring Universal School Lunch and police body-worn cameras to New York City. In fall 2014, the office re-launched the city’s Worst Landlords Watchlist, expanding the list and adding significant technological upgrades.

As a member of the New York City Council, James introduced the Safe Housing Act, which became City law in 2007. This ground-breaking bill ensured that thousands of families in rental buildings receive prompt and full repairs to their apartments. This bill represented a $50 million investment in housing code reform and is a major victory for all New Yorkers living in substandard buildings. She is considered an early whistleblower of the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a payroll system that she criticized as being overly costly and difficult to manage in numerous committee hearings. Poor management of the project led to hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen by corrupt consultants. In 2012, her legislation addressing oversight of high-cost service contracts with the City of New York was passed into law.

As Chair to the Council’s Sanitation Committee, in 2010 James pushed-through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and improved public space recycling. This legislative package represented the first significant expansion of the City’s residential recycling program since it was created in 1989.

James is a graduate of CUNY's Lehman College and Howard University Law School, and can be seen in the Atlantic Yards documentary, “Battle for Brooklyn”. She has worked with the New York State Legislature, and has served as a former public defender, New York State Assistant Attorney General, and New York City Council Member.

Hon. Fern A. Fisher

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Honorable Fern A. Fisher
Judge Fisher is the Special  Assistant for Social Justice Initiatives to the Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Until July of 2017, she was Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and also served as the Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program.

Judge Fisher’s career started in the Civil Court as a Legal Services attorney practicing in Manhattan Housing Court. She served as Deputy Director of Harlem Legal Services, Inc. and as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law. For four years, she provided pro bono legal services to Harlem-based community organizations as a project director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. In 1989, she was appointed Judge of the Housing Part of the Civil Court, and later, in 1990, was elected to the Civil Court where she served as Deputy Supervising Judge. Judge Fisher was elected in 1993 to the Supreme Court of the State of New York. After serving in both the City and the Matrimonial Parts of Supreme Court, in December 1996 she was appointed Administrative Judge of the Civil Court where she served until March 2009 when she was appointed to her current position.

Judge Fisher contributed the Views from the Bench in the Thomson-West practice guide, "Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York" for twenty one years. She served as the host of a series of television shows on housing issues for Crosswalk's, a public service cable show. She is a frequent lecturer at the New York State Judicial Institute and has taught at CUNY Law School. Judge Fisher is a founding member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, a member and past Board member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyers Association. Judge Fisher also served as the Chair of the Housing Court (Judges) Disciplinary Committee and Chair of the Anti-Bias Committee of the New York County Supreme Court. Judge Fisher served as an expert on courts of lower jurisdiction for the Yale Law School China Law Center during two workshops in China devoted to exploring improvements to the Chinese judicial system. In 2006, Harvard Law School awarded her the Gary Bellow Public Service Award. In 2008, she was appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. She is the recipient of many other awards too numerous to list here.

Judge Fisher received her B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 from Howard University and received her J.D. in 1978 from Harvard Law School.

 

Deirdre Stanley

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Deirdre Stanley
Deirdre Stanley is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information. In this capacity Ms. Stanley oversees all aspects of the company's legal affairs and leads the day-to-day operations of the global legal department, which includes over 120 lawyers in 15 countries. She also is responsible for the company's government and regulatory affairs function, and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Ms. Stanley is a member of the Thomson Reuters Executive Committee.

Ms. Stanley, who became General Counsel of Thomson Reuters upon its formation in 2008, joined The Thomson Corporation as General Counsel in 2002. Prior to that time, Ms. Stanley held various legal and senior executive positions, including Deputy General Counsel, at lAC (previously, USA Networks, Inc.). From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Stanley served as Associate General Counsel for GTE Corporation (a predecessor company to Verizon), where she headed the mergers and acquisitions practice group. She began her career as a corporate associate with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Ms. Stanley serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Board of Directors of Con Edison, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council. Ms. Stanley holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

Ms. Stanley is featured in Savoy 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers list, and Ethisphere's list of "Attorneys Who Matter" (2009 and 2010). Ms Stanley received the Inside Counsel's Transformative Leadership Award (2011) and the National Law Journal's 20 Most Influential General Counsel recognition (2009). Additionally, Ms. Stanley was honored for her leadership and commitment to the community and advancement of women and girls at the 2009 Girl Scouts Tribute Dinner in New York City.

Patrice P. Jean


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Patrice P. Jean
Patrice P. Jean has over a decade of experience counseling leading and startup companies in all areas of intellectual property law. In particular, she is adept at asserting and defending the patent rights underlying the core technologies and innovations of leading pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies. She also defends her clients against claims asserted by competitors, sparing them billions of dollars in damages. Additionally, her patent and trademark prosecution practice strengthens her litigation abilities and allows her to advocate for her clients before the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office as well as in court. Patrice regularly calls on her technical background in the life sciences to offer her clients an in-depth understanding of the complex science relative to each prosecution and litigation matter that she handles. This vantage point leaves her well-positioned to understand the complex science behind her clients’ innovations as well as the broader market implications. Prior to law school, Patrice earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology. She conducted research in various areas of biology and biochemistry including virology, oncology, kidney disease, X-ray crystallography and narcotics addiction. Her doctoral thesis is titled “Tissue, Strain, Gender and Age Variation in the Induction of p53 Activated Transcripts in Response to Cellular Stress.”